“I am dark yet lovely, do not stare at me.” (Song of Songs 1:5)
She wasn’t a homecoming queen or pageant princess. In fact, other girls found her appearance unacceptable. But they were not casting votes for the highest love in the land, and so this maiden won the kings hand. I wonder what he saw in her don’t you?
In Song of Songs she is called the Shulamite woman. We might call her the original Cinderella, because her brothers had authority over her and put her to work in the vineyards. And so this maiden bore the mark of lowly labor. Not dish pan hands, but a sun tan. Back then tans were frowned upon, considered low class. The fair-skinned girls whispered, “The king has chosen her? She who is so blemished?”
Yes, the king had chosen her. I like this king don’t you?
From this snapshot of King Solomon and his bride, we learn two things about God. Number one, to the lover of your soul, you are lovely. It doesn’t matter what other people say. It doesn’t matter what harsh conditions you have endured, or how the wrath of your past has taken its toll. You are lovely to the lover of your soul. Remember that.
Number two, don’t scorn the beauty of another. Don’t gossip about someone else’s appearance, problem, or predicament, for God sees her and loves her dearly. Learn to cultivate a heart like the heart of your King, a heart that understands where others have been and sees through the blemish to beauty.
“Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. Psalms 45:10-11 NIV